The Insider’s Guide to East Bay Wine Country (VIDEO)
Oakland & Urban Wine Country
The New York Times recently dubbed Oakland “Brooklyn by the Bay” and San Francisco Magazine gave the East Bay city its very own issue The Oakland Issue. The hot press is putting the East Bay on the map, but ask any local and they will tell you the East Bay has always been the place to be, long before its new found popularity. Just across the bay from San Francisco, the East Bay offers up cutting edge art and music, fabulous food, world-class wine.
Wine pioneer Kent Rosenblum has known for decades the East Bay is where it’s at. The “King of Zin” clearly thinks the East Bay is in. Today a new generation of wine lovers are discovering the East Bay winemaking tradition that dates back to the 19th century, during the California Gold Rush of 1848. Hard to believe there are over 20 vintners in the East Bay who have turned their home into what is now known as Urban Wine Country. Just minutes from the heart of San Francisco, you will find family-owned wineries in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and Emeryville.
In this video, Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani takes the show on the road and shows us when it comes to food and wine, the sunny side of the bay shines. Watch the video for interviews with Shauna Rosenblum, food and wine pairing at Bocanova in Jack London Square and learn Oakland isn’t just home to the A’s and the Raiders. Oakland is also home to Tom Hanks and the Mai Tai. That’s right, the Mai Tai was invented in the East Bay not Hawaii.
Rock Wall Wine Company
The Rock Wall Wine Company represents a new chapter in the East Bay winemaking scene. Founded and operated by a small group of wine industry veterans, including consulting winemaker Kent Rosenblum and his daughter Shauna Rosenblum, the winery offers wine lovers one of the most unique experiences in the wine world.
The Rock Wall Wine Company is founded on the philosophy of the right grape in the right place and are the result of many long-term relationships with acclaimed vineyards Housed in a converted 40,000 square-foot airplane hangar the winery is located on what was once a Naval Air Base. Also known as Building 24, the hangar is due north of a defensive rock wall which made up the perimeter of the base. Taking their name from this protective wall, the Rock Wall winery building has been retrofitted with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment.
- Ten miles east of San Francisco, Oakland is accessible by the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, ferry service, buses, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), and Amtrak.
- Oakland has been deemed as the “Sunny Side of the Bay,” home to some of the best weather in the country with an average of 260 sunny days per year.
- As the eighth largest city in California, Oakland has a population of approximately 400,000.
- Oakland boasts 19 miles of coastline and more than 100,000 acres of parks and trails.
- Oakland is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, with more than 125 different languages and dialects spoken.
- Attractions within the city limits include the African American Museum & Library, Chabot Space & Science Center, Children’s Fairyland, Oakland Aviation Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Zoo, and the USS Potomac.
- Lake Merritt, the “Jewel of Oakland,” is an urban lake in the middle of the city, one of the largest of its kind (a mix of salt and freshwater).
- Oakland is home to three professional sports franchises: The Golden State Warriors (basketball), Oakland Athletics (baseball) and Oakland Raiders (football).
- The city is home to three renovated Art Deco-inspired theaters: The Fox Theater, influenced by Middle Eastern and Moroccan architecture; The Paramount Theatre in Uptown Oakland; and the Grand Lake Theater near Lake Merritt
- Oakland offers 4,000 hotel rooms, ranging from resorts to economy. Properties are located along the waterfront, near the airport, the Oakland Hills and throughout downtown.
- The Oakland Convention Center offers 64,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, in addition to the 25,000 square feet of event space at the adjoining Oakland Marriott City Center.